The Associated Press

Conn. Girl Placed In Mass. Custody In Care Dispute

BOSTON — A judge has placed a Connecticut girl in the permanent custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in a legal dispute involving different medical diagnoses by two hospitals.

Massachusetts Juvenile Court Judge Joseph Johnston in Boston issued the ruling Tuesday in the case of 15-year-old Justina Pelletier of West Hartford, Conn., whose parents sought custody. A Pelletier family friend says they’re devastated by the ruling.

The Massachusetts DCF took emergency custody of Justina last year.

Tufts Medical Center had treated Justina for mitochondrial disease, a disorder that affects cellular energy production.

But Boston Children’s Hospital later diagnosed her problems as psychiatric. When Justina’s parents, Linda and Lou Pelletier, rejected the new diagnosis and tried to take her back to Tufts, the Massachusetts DCF took custody of the girl.

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  • georgepotts

    So, the Pelletier’s lose custody of #Justina to DCF because they fought the DCF to keep their daughter.

    Sounds like, if you deny you are a witch, you will be burned because only a witch denies that they are a witch. If you admit you are a witch, you will be drowned.

    There is nothing in any public information that says that the parents cannot take care of Justina. It only talks about their tactics of trying to get their daughter out of state custody.

    They should have been like most parents with special needs kids. Just let the state and hospital fill their endowed beds so that they can spend earmarked money.

  • georgepotts

    If you love your child, the state will keep your child.

  • allfive

    The lack of detail is astounding; the oversimplification creating nothing but confusion. You want your name associated with this limp effort?

  • El Capitan

    Despite the claims of those promoting despotism in democracy’s name, we must realize that only a combination of knowledge, advertisement, and fortitude will be enough to preserve morality, liberty, and prosperity.

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